Senate prepares to vote on nationwide online sales tax rules

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The US Senate could be voting this week on a bill that would authorize states to collect sales taxes from online sellers, creating a federal framework for what’s so far been a state-based issue. As The Hill reports, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed to end debate, with a preliminary vote scheduled for Monday and a vote on the bill itself likely to come this week. Called the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (PDF), the bill is meant to make it easier for states to collect online sales tax, a move both local legislators and brick-and-mortar business owners have advocated for years. While it wouldn’t require states to do anything, it would give them the option to make online sellers collect taxes, regardless of whether they…

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